- The 2015 Europarc International Junior Ranger Camp was held in the Nuuksio National Park, Finland.
- Two Young Rangers were lucky enough to go and had a fantastic time meeting other like-minded young people.
- In September 2015 the sixth intake of young rangers started their two year scheme.
- Activities since September have been varied, with a team building session including caving, practical conservation tasks including dry-stone walling and coppicing, educational sessions including 1st aid and navigation.
- Every session the group spends time out and about in the Mendip Hills, getting to know the area, its wildlife and history.
- The group is working towards a John Muir certificate.
Mendip Hills AONB Volunteers make a significant contribution (total of 2100 hours in 2015/16) to the work of the AONB Unit within a variety of roles:
- Two Young Ranger Assistants help with the planning and leading of the Young Ranger scheme.
- Both have been through the Young Ranger scheme themselves, one was also an Advanced Young Ranger. It’s important that they come back as volunteers to inspire the current group.
- Young Ranger assistants have contributed 98 hours in 2015/16
AONB Volunteer Rangers are split into 3 roles:
- Volunteer Rangers undertake regular site visits to Black Down, Burrington Ham, Deer Leap and Blackmoor to provide information for visitors, keep the sites free from litter and report any issues back to the AONB Unit.
- Events and Publicity Volunteers assist the AONB Unit at events, deliver leaflets to local tourism outlets.
- Walk Leader Volunteers have undertaken initial training to gain the Lowland Leader Qualification. When they are qualified the AONB Unit will be able to offer public walks.
AONB Practical Task Volunteers meet fortnightly and brave all weathers to contribute to the practical conservation of the Mendip Hills. The group works with a number of partners; Mendip Rocks!, the Mendip Society, Avon Wildlife Trust, Forestry Commission, Natural England and the National Trust amongst others. The 25 tasks undertaken in 2015/16 have included repairing steps, installing kissing gates and board walks, footpath clearance, dry-stone walling and lots of scrub clearance.
Full Annual Review 2015-2016 (PDF download 2.5MB)